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The best dehumidifiers in 2020

Best dehumidifiers
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The best dehumidifiers can help dry out your home and, by extension, your life. High humidity levels in your basement and laundry room, and throughout your home if you live in a really wet climate, may increase the risks of mold, mildew, dust mites and more in your living space. All of these contaminants can cause problems for people with allergies.

Plus, this dampness just isn't pleasant. Even if you don't have health issues that could be affected by humidity, you probably don't enjoy feeling sticky. The best dehumidifiers can help mitigate these concerns and make your space more comfortable.

One thing to note: In 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy instituted new dehumidifier testing standards. Dehumidifiers are now evaluated at lower temperatures, more in line with real-life basement conditions, than they were previously.

Because of this, the largest dehumidifiers, which had been classified as having 70-pint capacities due to the amount of water they could remove from the air in 24 days, will now be classified as having 45-pint capacities. 

Medium-sized dehumidifiers are being reclassified from 50 pints to 30 pints, and small dehumidifiers from 30 pints to 20 pints.

As a result, some of the best dehumidifiers on our list may be phased out during 2020 (and possibly sold at a discount) as manufacturers adjust to the new procedure and introduce new machines. We'll update these rankings as we get more information.

What are the best dehumidifiers?

Based on more than 10 hours of research, over 30 devices considered, and dozens of customer and expert reviews read, we've identified the best dehumidifiers for your home. 

Our top pick is the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1, which has a convenient automatic pump to move water, performed strongly in testing and has a top-notch design.

The GE APER70LW is not far behind. It's got a bigger tank than the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1, and also has an active water pump. Its digital interface makes it easy to change settings.

If you are on a budget (or have a smaller space), we recommend the Frigidaire FAD301NWD, a no-frills machine that's quiet and efficient. It's no-nonsense all the way, right down to the manual controls and single fan speed.  

If you prefer a digital display for a small-sized machine, the Frigidaire FFAD3033R1 is an even better choice if you can find it for a similar price. 

If smart-home features matter to you, look into the Wi-Fi-enabled Frigidaire FGAC7044U1, which gives you the option to sync remotely or via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

A great mid-sized model is the LG PuriCare UD501KOG5, which sports a clear water tank so that you can see when it's nearly full. Handles on the tank make it easy to carry to a sink to dump it out.

Finally, the well-regarded, attractive Honeywell TP50WK has a five-year warranty, easily beating most of the other models on this list. Its only downside is a teensy 6-pint tank, so unless you can drain it passively into a sink or drainpipe, you'll be emptying it frequently.

How we picked the best dehumidifiers

To determine the best dehumidifiers on the market, we looked at the top picks from Wirecutter, Consumer Reports, the Good Housekeeping Institute and others, as well as top-selling and highly reviewed machines on Amazon, Best Buy and The Home Depot. We narrowed the list down to seven models based on features, price, efficiency and ease of use.

The best dehumidifier you can buy right now

Best dehumidifiers: Frigidaire FFAP7033T1

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1. Frigidaire FFAP7033T1

The best dehumidifier overall

Capacity: 70 pints | Drainage: Pump | Energy Star certified: Yes | Humidity sensor: Yes | Frost sensor: Yes | Auto restart: Yes | Speeds: 3 | Warranty: 1 year

Solid performance in real-world tests
Actively pumps water from tank
Sleek look with user-friendly design elements
Tricky pump installation

The Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 is the best dehumidifier overall. It's one of only two devices on our list with an active pump, meaning you can send water to an elevated sink or out a window if you don't have a floor drain and don't want to go through the hassle of removing and emptying the bucket.

In Wirecutter tests, the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 performed admirably, reducing the humidity in a Los Angeles bedroom-sized space from 72% to 58% in a half-hour. Consumer Reports found that the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 did an "excellent job" removing water from the air in warmer spaces but noted that this dehumidifier may be less efficient in cooler temps.

What bumped the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 above the other devices we considered is its design. It's sleek overall and has an attractive digital display, making it easy to see indicator lights and settings.

There are hooks for wrapping up the power cord when the machine sits right next to an outlet or when you want to store it away, and the filter is easily accessible for removal and cleaning. And while the device does come on casters for easy rolling, it also has a heavy-duty top handle for carrying down stairs.

All of this is why Wirecutter calls the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 one of the "easiest dehumidifiers to live with."

One of the few areas in which the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 falls short is in the initial pump setup. Testers and device owners alike reported that removing the plug from the pump socket is tricky and that in some cases the plug simply broke off entirely.

This flaw isn't unique to Frigidaire, but it is something to prepare for if you're purchasing this model for the convenience of having a pump.

While the pump option does come at a premium, it's a nice feature to have. Of course, you can also default to continuous draining (if you have a floor drain) or to simply dumping out the bucket manually if you'd prefer.

Keep in mind, though, that the Frigidaire's tank capacity is just 13.1 pints. If you live in a really damp space and run the machine continuously, that volume will fill up pretty fast, and the device will shut down until you empty the bucket. The GE APER70LW, our runner-up, has a 17.5-pint capacity.

Best dehumidifiers: GE APER70LW

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2. GE APER70LW

A great large-capacity choice

Capacity: : 70 pints | Drainage: Pump | Energy Star certified: Yes | Humidity sensor: Yes | Frost sensor: Yes | Auto restart: Yes | Speeds: 3 | Warranty: 1 year

Consistently great performance in real-world tests
Actively pumps water from tank
Mostly positive user reviews
No cord storage

The GE APER70LW is a close second to the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1. It's the only other dehumidifier on our list with an active water pump, although you also have the option to passively drain the tank using a hose or by carrying the bucket to a sink. This device comes with all the features you'd expect in a top-ranked dehumidifier, including a digital display for indicator lights and changing timer, speed and humidity settings.

On performance and noise levels, the GE APER70LW is right in line with the Frigidaire. The biggest difference is in design: Wirecutter testers found the GE's shallow handles difficult to grab, and there's no option for wrapping or storing the power cord. Setting up the passive drain is also not terribly convenient.

That said, the GE APER70LW is an equal alternative to the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 if you can find it at a better price.

Best dehumidifiers: LG PuriCare UD501KOG5

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3. LG PuriCare UD501KOG5

Best for midsize spaces

Capacity: 50 pints | Drainage: Passive | Energy Star certified: Yes | Humidity sensor: Yes | Frost sensor: Yes | Auto restart: Yes | Speeds: 2 | Warranty: 1 year

Sleek, low-profile design
Clear bucket for easy visibility
Consistently recommended by customers
No cord storage

The LG PuriCare UD501KOG5 is a medium-capacity, 50-pint dehumidifier good at drying out midsized spaces. It has an attractive design, a large digital display and a clear water bucket with a large handle. That makes it easy to see when the tank needs to be emptied, and the handle makes it easy to carry the tank to a drain or sink.

The larger, 70-pint version, the LG UD701KOG3, got good reviews from Consumer Reports, the Good Housekeeping Institute and others for its sleek design and overall performance, including energy efficiency. 

That model has been discontinued by LG, but the LG PuriCare UD501KOG5 has a similar design and features, as well as lots of positive user reviews on the Home Depot and Sam's Club websites. We'll keep an eye on real-world tests and update here accordingly.

Note: This review was for a larger (now discontinued) LG model with similar features.

Best dehumidifiers: Frigidaire FFAD3033R1

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4. Frigidaire FFAD3033R1

A great dehumidifier for smaller spaces

Capacity: 30 pints | Drainage: Passive | Energy Star certified: Yes | Humidity sensor: Yes | Frost sensor: Yes | Auto restart: Yes | Speeds: 3 | Warranty: 1 year

Quick and efficient in real-world tests
User-friendly design features
Lightweight and portable
A bit noisier than similarly sized machines
Mediocre energy efficiency

The 30-pint Frigidaire FFAD3033R1 is a great choice for laundry rooms, apartments and other small spaces. It's portable and its four wheels make it easy to move from room to room if needed. 

This machine did well in real-world tests for water removal, reaching humidity levels that were 28% below where the tests started). It also did well on humidistat accuracy and cool-room performance. 

Frigidaire FFAD3033R1 also has user-friendly design features similar to those of its larger cousin, the FFAP7033T1, including an easily accessible filter, a sturdy handle and cord-storage hooks.

The Frigidaire FFAD3033R1 is Energy Star-certified, but Consumer Reports saw mediocre results in energy-efficiency tests. Additionally, Wirecutter tests found this dehumidifier to be a bit louder than other 30-pint machines, likely due to its superior performance.

User reviews posted on the Amazon, Home Depot and Best Buy sites were overwhelmingly positive.

Best dehumidifiers: Frigidaire FAD301NWD

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5. Frigidaire FAD301NWD

The best dehumidifier for those on a budget

Capacity: 30 pints | Drainage: Passive | Energy Star certified: Yes | Humidity sensor: No | Frost sensor: No | Auto restart: No | Speeds: 1 | Warranty: 1 year

Basic, no-frills design
Lower power usage than other models
Good performance for the price
No digital display
No frost or humidity sensors

The Frigidaire FAD301NWD is the most basic machine to make our list, but it offers a good bang for your buck if you're trying to dehumidify a small space on a small budget. Consumer Reports tests found that this model is quiet, excellent at removing water from the air and energy-efficient (it's Energy Star-certified).

Where the Frigidaire FAD301NWD falls short is in its design details. There's no digital display, so you have to manually adjust humidity levels using an old-school dial. There's no filter-change indicator or timer, and there's only one fan speed. Just think of it as "retro."

So if you can find the similarly sized (but more sophisticated) Frigidaire FFAD3033R1 at a similar price, we recommend going for that instead. The digital display and additional sensors may offer a better overall user experience. 

However, Amazon and Best Buy customers didn't seem to mind the Frigidaire FAD301NWD's minimalist functionality, giving it overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Best dehumidifiers: Honeywell TP50WK

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6. Honeywell TP50WK

A five-year warranty provides peace of mind

Capacity: 50 pints | Drainage: Passive | Energy Star certified: Yes | Humidity sensor: Yes | Frost sensor: Yes | Auto restart: Yes | Speeds: 2 | Warranty: 5 years

Strong performance in real-world tests
Energy efficient
Longer warranty than most competitors
Small tank requires frequent emptying (if not using hose to continuously drain)

The Honeywell TP50WK is well regarded by professionals and customers alike. It performed well in Consumer Reports' water-removal, energy-efficiency and humidistat-accuracy tests; plus, Honeywell scored an 8 out of 10 for predicted reliability in the first five years of ownership.

If something does go wrong with the TP50WK, you're covered under Honeywell's five-year warranty. Most of the dehumidifiers we considered come with one-year or two-year warranties, so this extended policy ensures that your investment is protected.

One downside: The Honeywell TP50WK's water bucket holds just 6 pints (three-quarters of a gallon), a small fraction of what the machine can condense in a day. In contrast, the other 50-pint model on our list from LG holds 13.3 pints, more than double the Honeywell's capacity.

If you don't have the option to continuously drain, you'll find yourself emptying the water bucket more frequently with the Honeywell TP50WK or going without dehumidification once the tank reaches capacity.

Best dehumidifiers: Frigidaire FGAC7044U1

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7. Frigidaire FGAC7044U1

Control with Alexa and Google Assistant

Capacity: 70 pints | Drainage: Passive | Energy Star certified: Yes | Humidity sensor: Yes | Frost sensor: Yes | Auto restart: Yes | Speeds: 2 | Warranty: 1 year

Strong performance in real-world tests
Energy efficient
Wi-Fi enabled for remote control via app and digital assistant
Louder than most similar machines
Built on an older Frigidaire model

You probably don't need a Wi-Fi-enabled dehumidifier, but if smart-home devices are your jam, then the 70-pint Frigidaire FGAC7044U1 may deliver on what you're looking for. 

You'll receive push notifications when the water bucket is full, and you'll be able to remotely control the fan speed, target humidity and power. You can also set up voice controls for the Frigidaire FGAC7044U1 with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

All these smart features can be especially handy if you're out of town or you're monitoring a dehumidifier in a rental property.

This Frigidaire isn't as sleek as newer machines, even from the same brand, and it was louder than the other devices in Wirecutter's tests. Plus, most dehumidifiers, even the "dumb" ones, already self-monitor and adjust according to your settings, so you likely don't run any risk if you can't control yours remotely.

Hundreds of Amazon, Home Depot and Best Buy customer reviewers liked the Frigidaire FGAC7044U1 a lot, rating it close to 5 out of 5 stars on average.

Best dehumidifier comparison chart

Best forList priceCapacity (pints)Drainage typeDigital controls
Frigidaire FFAP7033T1Best overall$36070PumpYes
GE APER70LWRunner-up$36970PumpYes
LG PuriCare UD501KOG5Best midsize option$30050PassiveYes
Frigidaire FFAD3033R1Best for small rooms$21930PassiveYes
Frigidaire FAD301NWDBest budget option$19030PassiveNo
Honeywell TP50WKBest warranty$30050PassiveYes
Frigidaire FGAC7044U1Best smart controls$38070PassiveYes

How to choose the best dehumidifier for you

There are plenty of dehumidifier models to choose from. Here are a few factors to weigh when determining which one is right for your home.

Type

Dehumidifiers work in a few different ways. The most common method pulls air over refrigerated coils, cooling it enough to condense moisture and drop the water into the machine's bucket.

You may also find desiccant dehumidifiers, which use water-absorbing material, and thermoelectric dehumidifiers, which use charged plates. In general, neither is as effective as a condensing dehumidifier, which is the only type we recommend here.

Capacity

Dehumidifiers generally come in three sizes: large (70-pint capacity), medium (50-pint capacity) and small (30-pint capacity). (Under new regulations, these sizes translate to 45, 30 and 20 pints, respectively.) 

The capacity is how much moisture the machine claims to remove per day. In general, the larger the size, the larger — and damper — the space it can efficiently dry out.

Capacity is not the same as bucket size, however. This is another specification you'll want to consider, as smaller buckets that fill quickly will need to be emptied more often to keep the machine from automatically shutting off.